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NW NJPN eBulletin January 2022

The NW NJPN E BULLETIN for January 2022 celebrates CAFOD, whose 60th Anniversary occurs this year, as well as Church Action on Poverty (40 years), and the publication of  the document The Common Good and the Catholic Church’ Social Teaching 25 years ago.  This Sunday is Peace Sunday and we have a wide range of resources which can also be used throughout the year. There are links to talks and zoom meetings on a variety of topics plus book reviews and other diary dates. Please look through the bulletin for additional dates of interest.

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin January 2022

NW NJPN E BULLETIN DECEMBER 2021

The December issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin opens with a selection of Advent and Christmas poems and outcry against the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill coupled with a stirring speech in the House of Lords by Lord Kerr which takes apart the Home Secretary’s negative (and erroneous) comments about economic migrants and asylum seekers. Ellen Teague reports on a Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament event “Building Bridges for Peace” and there are resources for Peace Sunday, 16 January 2022, on this year’s theme ‘Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace’ chosen by Pope Francis. Take time to read two long pieces: the first an inspiring blog by David Gee following COP26.  David writes: “Our walk bears towards the COP26 climate summit on the ancient pattern of a pilgrimage. But as with all pilgrimage, the true destination is not a place on a map but a change within us, a turn of the heart”. In the second article, Anglican priest Lynne Cullens challenges us to consider the issue of class prejudice in the church. One of Britain’s best-loved poets, Roger McGough, argues that verse has a vital role to play in nurturing a child’s literacy and inventiveness, particularly in the current climate with anxiety levels rising exponentially, and among children especially.  Also included is news of a Liverpool Friends of the Earth protest calling for the withdrawal of UK support for a climate-wrecking gas project in Mozambique which has been linked to conflict, human rights abuses, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

 

Wishing all our readers the joys and blessings of the Christmas season.

 

Anne O’Connor

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin December 2021 [1]

John Marshall: Rest in Peace

It was with great sadness that NJPN members and supporters heard of the death of John Marshall.

Together with Audrey John has been a much loved and committed advocate for justice and peace and a great supporter as well as a good friend to many in NJPN.

We are lucky to have known and campaigned with John. Our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey and his family.

 May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

The following tribute has been written by Liz Archibald of Hexham and Newcastle Justice and Peace Coordinating Council and is shared with Audrey’s permission.

John Marshall, who was for many years the chair of the Hexham and Newcastle Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council died at around midnight last night. John had been in poor health for several years, lovingly cared for by his wife Audrey. Over the last month he had become increasingly frail.

John was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather but to many of us, along with his wife Audrey, he was the face of Justice and Peace in the diocese.

John, along with Audrey, has been a stalwart of the Justice and Peace Network since the 1970’s. Committed to Catholic Social Teaching, John lived his life advocating for the needs of the poor and marginalised. As well as being chair of our local Justice and Peace Council for many years, he also served for a period as chair of the National Justice and Peace Network.

Many of us know him as the inspiration behind the Justice and Peace Refugee Project which along with Audrey he helped set up in 2001 and which continues to support refugees and asylum seekers in the Newcastle area. John served as volunteer manager of the project until 2016, when due to ill health he had to retire.

John was a Labour councillor for many years and served a term as Lord Mayor of Newcastle. He won the respect of councillors from all parties for his integrity and commitment. He was very active in the accreditation of Newcastle as a Fairtrade city and never ceased to speak up and work for the needs of the people of Newcastle.

For his friends and colleagues, John has been an inspiration. For those who did not know him personally, we have all benefited from his work for Justice and Peace. I know people will want to pay tribute to him; perhaps the greatest tribute we can pay is to carry on his work, speaking out, serving, and campaigning for the marginalised in our society . I know we will remember John, his beloved Audrey, and the rest of the family in our prayers.

Liz Archibald

 

NW NJPN E BULLETIN Mid November 2021

The mid November NW NJPN E Bulletin looks back at COP26, leading with an overview by Frank Regan plus the last of Ellen Teague’s COP26 blogs and an article by journalist Jonathan Cook making the links between defence spending and the climate crisis. Peter Kennard’s Art installation Code Red, created to coincide with the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, continues to 19 December – we give a glimpse of his work alongside his press release for the show. Two more photo exhibitions on the theme of environmental damage are also highlighted plus short films from Church Action on Poverty and a film installation at Tate Liverpool inspired by a satire on Victorian society and the role of women. Pax Christi USA has issued a strong rebuttal to the criticism lobbied by Archbishop Gomez, Chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in which he condemns movements for social justice as “anti-Christian pseudo-religions”. Traidcraft are promoting an ‘Injustice Advent Calendar’ with opportunities to stand up for justice for the 24 days of Advent plus links to a series of talks from CAFOD for December available on Zoom. Finally, take time to read an in-depth article by Jenny Sinclair, founder director of Together for the Common Good.

Please read and pass on.

Best wishes

Anne O’Connor

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ADVENT REFLECTIONS FOR 2021

This year’s material is inspired by the Sunday readings for each week with prayers and reflections taken from a wide range of sources.

Please use for individual or group prayer and feel free to pass on to others.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS 2021